Finally! Time to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

It may not seem like winter is coming, but nighttime temperatures in the 60s means that it won’t be long before we get the occasional freezing temperatures here in the Valley of the Sun. Now’s the time to bring your vehicle into a Chapman Arizona service center to take care of a few items that will help you have a problem-free winter.

Is it Time for New Anti-freeze?

If you haven’t had a coolant flush in the past 30,000 miles or so, there’s no time like the present to do so. A pressurized coolant flush is different than just draining your system and replacing the anti-freeze. Pressure helps force out all the gunk and corrosion that can build up over time. The pressure also helps identify any pin holes in your hoses that can lead to big problems further down the road. A fresh batch of coolant will help you protect your system from freezing and keep you going on through the winter and next summer.

How are the Hoses and Belts?

Even though the sun doesn’t get to shine on your hoses and belts, the extreme heat has a way of speeding up the disintegration process. While your vehicle is in a Chapman Arizona service center getting the coolant flushed, your technician will inspect all the rubber products on your car, including the hoses, belts and windshield wipers. An ounce of prevention will keep you from being stuck alongside the road with a broken fan belt or leaking hose.

Summer Takes its Toll on Batteries

Another victim of the extreme heat of the desert is your car battery. It’s not uncommon for a car battery to only last two years in the desert, no matter how long the warranty might be. A battery and electrical system check-up will head off any problems that might leave you stranded when you’re out doing your holiday shopping, or worse yet on a weekend drive through the desert.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

If you spend a lot of time driving around the state, now is the perfect time to prepare an emergency preparedness kit for your car. Living in the desert lets people sometimes forget what it’s like to deal with ice and snow, so a few simple steps now will help in case you run into an unexpected blizzard. Your kit should include a blanket, some gloves, an ice scraper, flares, jumper cable and a first aid kit. It doesn’t hurt to always carry a gallon of water, either for you or your vehicle should it overheat. Remember to keep the gas tank at least half-full in case you get stranded in a snow storm and need to run your heater for several hours. The best news? Summer is almost over and we can finally remember why we live in the Valley of the Sun.

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